News in Brief 25 April 2016 (AM)

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At age one, Fatima was subjected to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in her village in Afar Region of Ethiopia. File Photo: UNICEF/Kate Holt

Female genital mutilation on the rise in Guinea

Female genital mutilation is on the rise in Guinea despite being forbidden by national and international law, the UN has said.

Some 97 percent of women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 in the West African country have undergone the practice which is also known as FGM.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein described FGM as "an atrocious act of violence" which had no possible justification.

In Guinea, the practice is mostly seen as an initiation rite.

Groups of girls from different families are often cut together, either at home or in camps.

Somali government urged to ban elders from adjudicating sexual violence cases

The Somali government is being urged to prohibit traditional clan elders from adjudicating in cases of sexual and gender-based violence.

The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Bahame Tom Nyanduga, also called on the authorities to enhance the capacity of the judiciary and police force to handle such cases.

Mr Nyanduga said there was "a crucial need" to create human rights awareness among clan elders and religious leaders about women’s rights.

Ballistic missile launch in North Korea condemned

The firing on Saturday of a submarine-launched ballistic missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been strongly condemned by the United Nations Security Council.

The Council said the launch by DPRK, also known as North Korea, would increase tensions in the region.

A series of resolutions adopted by the 15-member body ban the country from developing and testing new ballistic missile capabilities.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations.

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